QuisLex provides outsourced legal services across a range of activities, not least the eDiscovery aspects of litigation and investigations.
There is very much more to this than simply sitting teams of people down at computers to tick boxes. You get some idea of the technological and managerial sophistication involved from my article QuisLex awarded US patent for quality management processes in document review published in March of this year.
QuisLex’s deep skill in this area has been recognised in various places recently. QuisLex was ranked as a Band 1 LPO by Chambers and Partners for the sixth consecutive year, one of only three companies to achieve this recognition in every year that Chambers has ranked LPO providers.
QuisLex was also selected by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for the 2016 Global Outsourcing 100 List.
QuisLex was also a finalist for an award called The Future of Legal Services Innovation, part of the Legal Week Innovations Award 2016. Other finalists in the shortlist included seven prominent law firms including Ashurst, DLA Piper and the eventual winner Kennedys. QuisLex was the only alternative legal services provider among the finalists.
This is part of a trend which shows the gathering of specific services in non-traditional hands. In recent articles, I have written about portfolio management (where corporations place the whole of their eDiscovery services provision in the hands of a single provider which law firms must use), and about the growing trend for companies to take more of the eDiscovery process in-house, either by owning the software tools or, at least, by taking closer control of the activities of others, often contracting directly with the provider. With QuisLex’s awards and nominations, we see the growth of specialised services to rival those traditionally provided by law firms.
Many law firms will see these developments as a threat. There are other ways of looking at it; if another type of business can meet a discrete part of the client’s requirements more efficiently and more cost effectively than the law firm can, then the advantage lies with those who can ride this tide by working cooperatively with such providers, or compete with it by setting up their own rival services. Relatively few will successfully achieve the latter; a law firm’s ability to enhance its own services by working alongside a provider like QuisLex will be seen as a positive route by an increasing number of clients.